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Re: PhD Economics or Public Policy Profile Eval
PPol programmes might, in principle, require less math from applicants, but given that people who are interested in applied micro also tend to apply to PPol programmes, you'll be competing with them as well. So the lesser math requirement is moot.
Originally Posted by dloverstreet
You should speak to your letter writers and form a realistic list of schools to apply to, judging from the success of previous applicants from your school. If there aren't any/many that did a PPol PhD, you can, at least, use Econ PhD placement as a proxy. All in all, regardless of the programme you're aiming for (PPol or Econ), admission into the top schools is really competitive, so meeting the minimum requirement is only necessary, not sufficient for gaining admission.